Apollo Music Club to Present Baroque Opera

January 22nd, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized

The Apollo Music Club and the SUNY Oneonta Music Department will present their annual opera, Henry Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and 2 p.m. Feb. 1.

Performances will be held at the Goodrich Theater in the college’s Fine Arts Building. Tickets ($5 general admission; free with SUNY Oneonta ID and for those under 18) can be purchased in advance at the Hunt College Union, and online at http://oneonta.universitytickets.com.

“The Fairy Queen” is a baroque opera inspired by and including excerpts from William Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The production will be directed by SUNY Oneonta voice instructor Colby Thomas and theatre major Chris Mackin.

Over the years, thanks to generous sponsorship by the college’s Student Association and Public Events Committee, the Apollo Music Club productions have made it possible for students to work with professional orchestral musicians, conductors and guest performers. This year, for the first time, the majority of the musicians in the orchestra will be students, playing side by side with section leaders from the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. In addition, dancers from the Donna Decker School of Ballet will perform during some of the musical scenes.

“The Fairy Queen” is the second show presented by the Apollo Music Club this academic year. In September, SUNY Oneonta students and alumni performed together in a concert production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Oneonta Theatre. The show was so well received that the club is planning to hold similar alumni outreach events every year, Thomas said.

More information about “The Fairy Queen” and the Apollo Music Club is available from Colby Thomas at colby.thomas@oneonta.edu.